Stella finds a creative solution when she realizes she has no one to invite to school for the Mother's Day celebration because she has two dads. A classmate helps her solve her dilemma to the satisfaction of everyone. The illustrations are colorful, cartoon-like in a warm, accepting manner. A book that reminds us about how holidays or celebrations can be painful for those not in the 'mainstream" and how easily problems can be solved.
A wordless picture book that celebrates doing underneath the obvious to discover beauty and mystery. The world pictured in black and white is a busy pool filled with people and paraphernalia. A seemingly reluctant swimmer plunges in, goes beneath it all to find a colorful world, and with another adventurous swimmer, comes up close and personal to many sea creatures. A lovely experience of individuality and imagination.
This miracle doesn't involve any belief in magical beings, just the kindness of neighbors/friends and the power of the sweet aroma of a roast, reminding lots of people of the good things in life. Set in the city on Christmas Eve, neighbors come together and put aside their grouchiness to celebrate. Vibrant illustrations pulsate on every page, and their are swirls of smells and snow everywhere. A very joyous book whatever your holiday tradition.
On his first day in his sixth new school, grumpy Pablo's class learns about the New York subway system before using it to get to the Empire State Building. Pablo and his assigned buddy Alicia get separated and end up each taking different routes to a final, joyful reunion at America's 4th tallest building. The graphics are filled with detail that repay the careful reader’s attention. They show more than one level of the city and, often, more than one moment in time. Don’t miss the illustrator and the policeman he met on his own trip. The back matter and embedded information about the subway system are also terrific. K. Isaacs. 7-10
In a simple text with a natural rhyme, the joys of going to a beach house are proclaimed and celebrated. the soft lush illustrations add to the warmth and joy of the experience. Thee is action of every page with children who are always on the move. Delightful.
Ten steps on how to share a story, encouraging reading with direct discussion, simple steps (with just enough challenging language) and illustrations that draw children in, presenting a fantasy world of knights, dragons and robots and real world of dogs, parents and cozy chairs.
When settlers from London sail to the "New World" they expect to meet native "savages" but they would never fathom that a friendship would develop between 2 young girls, making them closer than sisters. The story is alternately told between Kimi and Alis' perspectives. Kimi is part of the Roanoke tribe and her people have every right to be fearful and even hate Alis and her group of settlers. But can the 2 girls find a way to set aside their fears in order to bring peace? (Ten to Fourteen) Anne Womack